Teaching Toward Equity – Listening and Reading

  • Halvor Hoveid
  • Marit Honerød Hoveid
Part of the Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education book series (COPT, volume 12)


This chapter deliberates about the act of teaching in relation to power. From the model of teaching elaborated in Jacques Rancière’s book The Ignorant Schoolmaster, we develop an explanation of teaching as a relational practice. Based on the model of the didactic triangle presented in the introduction, our deliberation of the relational practice of teaching is an interrelation between the subject-matter and the distribution of this knowledge to the students. We show how this makes the act of teaching dependent of the teacher’s attention to her listening and her reading of her students’ participation in class.

To make the practice of teaching refer to the listening and reading of students’ acts and expressions, is to understand and explain how teaching makes sense of students. We argue that teaching must recognise students as persons already empowered with expressions of meaning and that this is a necessity for a teaching attentive to equity between all students.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Halvor Hoveid
    • 1
  • Marit Honerød Hoveid
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Teacher EducationNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway
  2. 2.Department of Education and Lifelong LearningNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway

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